A Happy Fan ... because I can be one

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    In response to Promise4you2's comment:

    +1 my friend. I paid my MLB subscription early, come on bring on the games.

     




    Sitting here in SF this AM, the first game of Spring Training is a huge story on the tube...

       Bring on the games indeed ...

     

      BONZAI!

     
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    I met a very cute & most honest red sox fan last night

    folks call her Red Sox D

    I asked her what's it like 2 B a sox fan

    she looked at me with those big brown eyes and said



     















     
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    I met a very cute & most honest red sox fan last night

    folks call her Red Sox D

    I asked her what's it like 2 B a sox fan

    she looked at me with those big brown eyes and said



     


















    Is that doggie speak for You ain't seen nothin' yet?

     
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    I make a huge distinction between deep happiness and joy that comes from well being and community than a superficial type "Pike like" forced positive thinking pseudo-happiness. 

    To answer Yaz' OP, modern conveniences are nice but do not take the place of true love and a sense of purpose and family. When you're isolated and in poor health, the fact you can walk your lonely self down to the store to get a quart of milk at any time of day or night is not a huge consolation. 

    Music is a great example, we have all this tech and ability to download all this modern music and yet give me a crackling Abbey Road or Led Zeppelin IV on vinyl any day of the week. Or give me a guitar that was built 100 years ago and I'll play to my heart's content. Modern tech and convenience is wildly overrated. 

    So is trying to talk yourself into buying into the PR-hyped crud that comes out of Fenway on a regular basis. 

    What I will say is that being a fan is tricky because you need to have some level of emotional investment but there is a danger to putting a team in the center of your life, it's an easy way to become bitter and entitled. 

    I have great memories of two amazing championships (and some other good playoff runs) so I don't need to win it all every year. At the same time there is nothing wrong with being disgusted at how the team fell apart last year. 

    To me folks make too much out of being positive. I think what matters is being passionate and having your values and life priorities in order. Sometimes being positive is talking yourself into stuff you should be saying no to, like a soulless job you need to quit. 

    That said to each their own and if you find a way to be happy in your Red Sox fandom and beyond then a tip of the cap to you. :) 

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    I have enjoyed your posts too on the Celtic forums and I copy & paste this from a discussion entitled "Quit Whining" !!!


    Fantastic post !!!  You must be a Dale Carnegie disciple. I don't know the origin of the saying" It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game". Well that was probably said by someone who lost. On the other hand, I remember Vince Lombardi's saying that "show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser".


    Now, for the players winning and losing is much more important to determine their income and longevity in their employment. But putting things in perspective, we are only fans. Yup, I know we buy tickets but are we only entertained if our team wins or, even losing, it played well and did its best. Remember fellow fans it's only a game( I reiterate more important for the players & managers) but for us it's a spectator game, not LIFE and DEATH !!! Serious things in life are job, health and educational issues for ourselves, children & grandchildren and good family relationships, and our team winning or losing has no affect on these important things.

    I copy & paste this from Joe Breidey's earlier post and I add that as a Septuagenarian, I lived painfully though all these years below you describe and I wondered if I was to stay above the turf long enough to see a Sox World Series Victory and 2004 satisfied me...beating hated Yankees in 4 was even more gratifying. Hate them as much as the Lakers.

    "2004 was like 37 years of BB rolled into a couple of hours at YS.  There were other disappointing years, but game 3 of the ALCS was the low point for me as a fan.  It was worse than G6 in 1986, because the EE thoroughly kicked our keister.

    An amazing thing.  The ALCS exorcised the demons of 1978, and then as icing on the cake, the WS exorcised the demons of 1967.  The only family business to settle is '75 and '86."

    OK, I'm off my soap box...enjoy the game and enjoy the entertainment and skill of the players.

    I'm lucky too as I've lived in SF for 45 years so a local fan too and 49er and Giants have made me a happy fan too !!! Agree too about all the post about the No. Cal coastline, Carmel to Mendocino etc.

     
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    did U  have a liquid lunch  happy meal today yaz

    here's some more happiness 4 U

    from your happy pitching coach

    I hope U enjoy the happiness

     

     

     

     

    Nieves breaks down Sox starters

    February, 20, 2013

    By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

    Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves, whom Gordon Edes profiles in a column now posted on ESPNBoston.com, weighs in with his thoughts on some Boston starters:

    Jon Lester: "Wow. A horse. Unbelievable upside still. Stuff is there. Alterations, yes, must make some alterations. Conviction. Tough guy. My God, I never realized he was that big. I saw him really thin years ago. He's a big human. Very talented. Still, stuff is there, and I think with alterations he'll be fine. Not analyzing, conviction with alterations in delivery, trusting that will be challenge. Not more. More is not better."

    Clay Buchholz: "Oh, incredibly talented guy even though I haven't seen him [live], I love what I've seen on video. Athletic, big-time contact guy. Should trust his stuff. Early contact guy. Command guy, still can throw very hard. He can get a punchout when he wants to. Can pitch under the zone early in the count so he can get a lot of groundballs. Keeps walks down. Keeps hit down per innings pitched. He should win 15 to 18 games. What a tremendous athlete."

    Ryan Dempster: "Oh, he brings a lot to the table. Great sense of humor. Hard worker. You're not in big leagues 14, 16 years because you don't work. What a tremendous asset to this staff. Very serious guy but he'll also keep guys loose and relaxed, instead of uptight and wound up. He brings a lot of stability to the staff. He's a student of the game. He'll be the guy who helps [other pitchers]. A lot of guys, I'm sure, will go to him, and I advise them to do it."

    Felix Doubront: "Oh, talented guy. 6-foot-4 lefty with a tremendous arm. Late in the season I saw his adjustments. He brings to the table incredible stuff. Fastball, cutter, curveball, changeup. This guy reminds me of a young CC Sabathia]. Almost the same delivery, the same build. But he has to find himself and I think the best is yet to come from him."

    John Lackey: "Ohhh, he's awesome. He's in great shape. What I've seen right now, I know John [Farrell] spoke to him, was able to see him [this winter] when I was somewhere else, I am thrilled about this guy. Really thrilled. Great guy, great sense of humor, fearless. You always think as a pitching coach, what does he bring to the table after a surgery. He has enough. There's enough stuff there. You always think, does he have to change his style, is it going to take time for him to adjust from being the guy he was to a few clicks [less]. The ball is coming out great, great spin on the fastball, the ball is not cutting true, great delivery, he's back to his old delivery. It might not be 97, 98, [but] the ball is coming out easy. And we know he's a great athlete.

    "As I speak here, we're healthy, if we have a chance to be healthy, it should be fun."

     

     

     




    Heh!   Thanks old friend!

     

       My day was already made - the good wife and I are driving to Philly to pick up second son and then fly out tomorrow to see older son as he finishes Military Language School in Monterey, CA - but you made it even better! 

      Some guys just blow smoke, but I like what Nieves said.  Thanks again!

     



    Yaz: if you have not been to Monterey you gotta make time to see the Monterey Aquarium. Its world class. I live about 2 1/2 hours away from there and was in Monterey last weekend.

     

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    Hi Pumpsie(in a previous post I've said I'm a Marinite too and I think we talked about the Woodhouse Fish Co in SF with imported Ipswitch Clams/ Haddock etc.). When I lived in Maine I was called a Mainiac but I said we prefer Mainer or Mainite !!!

     

    And Yaz, when we are not back East visiting family in New England for Xmas, we have been staying at Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch. It's very festive and celebrities, including Clint, are around the piano bar singing Carols. We then walk to the Basilica & go to Midnight Mass.

    Ocean Ave in Carmel is very festive. Love walking on the pier in Monterey and Cannery Row. As I am Italian and have been to the   Amalfi Coast, no area anywhere reminds me more of it than Rt. 1, Big Sur, San Simeon and Nepenthe's is a great place to lunch.

    Mea Culpa, i'm getting to be a travel agent...still partial to seafood on the East Coast, however !!! And the Rocky Coast of Maine ain't too shabby either!

     
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    +1 SY

     




    Since I'm having Mexican right now in SF,  gracias!

     

    We're gonna join the throngs at China Town tomorrow for Chinese New Year Parade.  Craziness.  :o)

    I smiled at your suggestion Nieves might be the starters agent.  Then thinking again, he sorta  better be!  He is trying to get the best out of these guys ...



    I lived nearby (Mountain View, next to Palo Alto) for 3 yrs. Try to check this place out in Sausalito; great food & scenery:

     

    http://www.guaymasrestaurant.com/guaymas/default.aspx

     

     

     
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    To all of you very kind SF area friends, thanks for the tips.  The natural surroundings are beautiful and we enjoyed the short stay as sight see-ers.  Did not stay for the parade, to be honest.  But we did have a jam packed time.  Loved the architecture, camera battery wore down as we finished our time at Golden Gate  ... 

    Sitting in comfy hotel in Monterey as we finish the night and a good pizza and some wings. 

    Interesting moment in SF - I ran into a fella on Pier 39 who stopped me and asked if I remembered Bill Lee.  I was wearing my red Red Sox jacket, so I guess I was obvious fair game ... Of course I remembered Spaceman, and we talked briefly.  It was a fun moment - but only a moment after we parted did I think to ask if my momentary friend was any of you guys ...especially if it might have actually been our own SpacemanEphus ....   I regret to have not asked.  (In my defense, we were actively seeking a restroom for the wife and then were heading out...)

    If that was you, Space ... both hello and a shucks I didn't take a moment more at least ...

     

     

     
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    In response to selenium-'s comment:


    You forgot to comment about the Liverpool team and the NASCAR involvement. At least the NESN ratings are being buoyed with the Bruins.  Have you ever seen science fiction movies, watched NASCAR, or listened to rock? There are other things to do. Hang in there pal.

     




    True and I have many areas of interest.  In sports, the C's and college football come in 2nd & 3rd ... pro football a close 4th.  But there is nothing close to the special place the Sox have in my heart and attention.  I think about the Sox close to 365 ... even if it is only in passing.   Diving & snorkeling, fishing, shelling   are all other hobbies.  Lots of reading, writing and .... napping.  :o)

    Recently I've been rebuilding a msic collection that has been ignored =- -to put it lightly.

    And ... with the good wife ... sailing - uh - yard saling

     
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    +1 SY

     




    Since I'm having Mexican right now in SF,  gracias!

     

    We're gonna join the throngs at China Town tomorrow for Chinese New Year Parade.  Craziness.  :o)

    I smiled at your suggestion Nieves might be the starters agent.  Then thinking again, he sorta  better be!  He is trying to get the best out of these guys ...

     



    I lived nearby (Mountain View, next to Palo Alto) for 3 yrs. Try to check this place out in Sausalito; great food & scenery:

     

     

    http://www.guaymasrestaurant.com/guaymas/default.aspx

     

     

     



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    Guaymas(upscale Mexican food with direct view of Alcatraz & SF skyline) is on the Tiburon Penninsula next to Belvedere about 5 miles north from Sausalito. But, if one wishes to visit both Sausalito & Tiburon w/o a car, there is a Ferry from the Ferry Building at the base of Market St.

     
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